Japan on maximum alert as nation lashed by Typhoon Hagibis

Typhoon Hagibis left one dead, several injured and caused severe material damage before it even made full landfall in Japan on Saturday, where authorities have issued a rare maximum alert for torrential rain and hurricane-force winds.

A man walks through debris of damaged houses by a tornado caused by typhoon Hagibis in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, Oct. 12, 2019. EFE-EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN
A man walks through debris of damaged houses by a tornado caused by typhoon Hagibis in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, Oct. 12, 2019. EFE-EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warned the huge storm could reach the scale of Typhoon Ida (called Kanogawa in Japan) in 1958, which left more than 1,200 dead.


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